I like reading, roller derby, creepy things and art.
I would give this book a 2nd listen for sure.
I liked all the characters and the pacing was good.
.... can't pick one.
Imagination, heart, determination
I would have to say I am torn between Celia and Poppet- both are strong in their own way and find solutions to even the strangest problems and circumstances
Heart and another level of mystery
I found myself finding excuses to listen when I originally just downloaded the book for my commute.
While I was just looking for a morning drive distraction, the Night Circus took me into a whole new world. Not all books can ignite my own personal imagination, but I found myself guessing and re-guessing what would happen next while Erin had already written a perfect surprise into the novel. A great listen/read if you are looking for something to take you away. It has heart, but is not depressing. It has love, but is not overly "gooey" - It has true imagination that is hard to come by sometimes.
I would recommend the book itself, yes, because on print, the story might have actually looked better. Since I listened to this in the span of days, it was difficult to keep track of the numerous descriptions and story arcs without having to go back to a certain passage and whatnot, especially with so many time-jumps, etc. Other than that, I thought the descriptions of the circus itself were rather pretty.
Probably not. The writing seemed fantastical and very descriptive, and while I love that in some writing, I would actually prefer to read about it and imagine the scenery myself without having to listen to someone narrating a description of a scene to me.
Jim Dale was a phenomenal narrator, but I'm generally biased because I've also listened to his impeccable storytelling role as the narrator in the sadly-cancelled Pushing Daisies. There was certainly nothing wrong with his narration, and he's probably one of the major reasons why I hadn't gone and just read the book instead.
I'm on the fence about it needing a sequel. I think maybe a prequel, with Tsukiko, would be better, or a companion novel detailing the goings on with Poppy and Widget.
I did come away with dreaming about what the Night Circus consisted of, and I loved the whimsy portrayed in the description of the scenes within the circus. As for story and characters, however, I oscillated between feeling underwhelmed and overwhelmed; underwhelmed by the entire story itself and overwhelmed by the amount of characters that were thrown in and given points of view. The summary of The Night Circus itself didn't help much, either, especially when the book seemed more of an exposition of the goings on of a certain place rather than an overall focus of any plot. I did feel that The Night Circus could have been passed on as a collection of short stories, with the overall events and character adventures (or misadventures) happening smack dab in the middle of the location. But that's just me.
Sometimes, there can definitely be such a thing as too much attention to detail. While the descriptions of the scenery and characters in the book were well formed, constantly having to hear detailed descriptions about every meal, outfit, party, etc., made the book more than I could handle.
Hard to choose what I loved "best" -- the narrator was superb, the story was full of unexpected moments and turns, but best of all, it takes you in, gradually, like entering into a dream. Suddenly you realize you're completely captivated by the story, as if in your own dream. Ultimately the story gently winds you back out - and just when you think it is over, there is a little more - and you begin to see that you still have layers to understand as you are gradually brought "back" to a fully awakened state. Beautifully done.
The only other book I have found so deeply engrossing was Perdido Street Station - and believe it or not, I am not much of a Science Fiction enthusiast.
I had no favorite - but I am a visual thinker, and the author beautifully draws the detail of fantastical experiences - ice gardens, eternal flames, true magic masquerading as illusion.
Oh, most definitely. It's the one I always looked forward to, even in brief spare moments. But the best listens were when i could relax and delve in.
I truly appreciated the author's overall guiding of the listener gently yet persistently through the dream-like story with its fantastical twists and turns - they were just as believable as any deeply experienced dream - where you know it wasn't really true yet somehow, it was.
I love Stephen King and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I own almost all King books. I love Kenyon's Dark Hunter books.
This was a hard to stop listening to book. Wonderful imagery and beautiful story.
You get so pulled into this story that you don't want to stop
It's hard to pick a favorite character, it's told from multiple points of view and you fall in love with every character
Jim Dale can read me any book and I will love it!
This book really gave my imagination something to work with, and boy did it! I finished the listen in 10 days and during the whole time my mind was stuck in some sort of colourful haze. Not recommended for intense work weeks in other words...
Yes, because of the narrator. Story left a lot to be desired. Ending to fast and trite. Even Jim Dale didn't save that part, but he is a joy to listen to.
Needs help at the end...didn't come together.
Harry Potter, all of them on tape or CD...gosh he is great. But this has less story to work with.
Would if I could, not bother to listen, but Jim Dale...ah.